They saved Manhattan too.
They did it on a day in September, when the astrological cartel's army stole over the island before the dawn's early light could.
The men who'd taken Zodiac's coin cut the island off from New York and took its populace hostage.
Their leader, their supreme commander Aries, made their work known to America. He claimed that no rescue would come from outside, because of the force field that now surrounded the island, or from within- because the four Avengers who were there'd been captured by his men.
The lives that he held, he said, could only be purchased with a billion-dollar ransom. If none was presented within twenty-four hours, all who weren't Zodiac would be liquidated.
There seemed to be no one who could gainsay him- the other Avengers were out of town, along with the Fantastic Four. Spidey was in Queens, and had his aunt's health to take care of.
And the Man Without Fear?( He was being held at gunpoint. )